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Captain Steve Winkler Jr.




As a native of Winthrop, Massachusetts, and growing up in a professional boating family, Captain Steve Winkler Jr. can't remember a time that he wasn't on the water.

By age nine, Steve Winkler had already spent years gaining experience with his dad aboard a variety of sail and power vessels when he took the helm of "Wanderer" the first boat of his own. Every day that summer was spent at the Cottage Park Yacht Club, junior sailing program in Winthrop, racing and sailing his new N-10 class boat. Other boats, power and sail, followed through the years along with occasional part time after school work in the family owned boat yard and marine store. All of it furthering his knowledge of recreational boating.

A four year stint in the U.S. Navy as a damage control Petty Officer and firefighting team leader furthered his knowledge. While assigned to the USS John F. Kennedy, Steve was routinely assigned to the damage control center located at the heart of the ship. At DC Central he was a watch officer responsible for all the firefighting and security watchstanders as well as every firefighting and damage control system on the ship. As a damage control team leader Petty Officer Winkler routinely led other sailors into the bowels of the ship looking for problems both in training exercises and for real. He was trained in the use of sophisticated firefighting and damage control equipment such as thermal imaging systems, Oxygen cutting slice packs, dewatering and fire pumps as well as damage control, shoring and firefighting techniques.

Watch Capt. Steve Winkler Jr., complete an early morning Fuel Drop (Below)


Captain Steve Winkler Jr. currentlyholds a US Coast Guard license as a US Merchant Marine Officer; Master of steam or motor vessels of not more than -200- gross tons; also, Mate of near coastal steam or motor vessels of not more than -500- gross tons; also, authorized to engage in commercial assistance towing. He is a PADI certified SCUBA diver, a mechanic and salvor. He has been towing for eight years at both Sea Tow Ft. Lauderdale in Florida and Sea Tow Boston, along with a tour as the Mate on a tug towing up and down the East coast and Gulf coast.


Captain Steve Winkler Jr. is today a full time assistance towing captain and salvor with Sea Tow Services Boston. He routinely uses his skills and background to assist Sea Tow members and other disabled boaters in his area of responsibility. As a vessel captain, damage control expert, firefighter and salvage diver, he has participated in multiple salvage operations ranging from small grounded vessels to large yacht recoveries. His unique qualifications and very strong damage control abilities make him an asset to all Sea Tow members as well as the Sea Tow Boston team.




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